Online Graduate Degrees

Recreation, Sport & Tourism

College of Applied Health Sciences

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers an online Master of Science degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism. This degree provides you with a quality and highly accessible education, ensuring that you are prepared to meet the changing requirements of the leisure services industry. The M.S. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism delivers courses using online instruction that emphasizes group collaboration, concluding with a final course dedicated to the writing of a professional paper. Consisting of nine courses in 8-week segments starting every two months, the degree can be completed in 18 months. The program is very flexible and allows students to “stop out” during busy times of employment. Students who stop out can come back at the next term and pick up right where they left off. It is expected to spend around 20-25 hours per week on the course work.

Cohorts start in December, April and September. Courses are eight weeks in length, and applications are accepted throughout the year.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have earned bachelor degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum in the last 60 credit hours at an accredited college/university.
  • No GRE is required
  • Transcript
  • Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from academic sources
  • Statement of Purpose

Courses: 36 credit hours

Required Courses:

  • RST 501: Concepts and Applications in RST – 4 hours

Management Core (16 hours):

  • RST 512: Managing RST Organization
  • RST 515: Marketing in RST
  • RST 516: Finance and Budgeting in RST
  • RST 594SM: Strategic Management

Option Area Coursework (Select 1) – 4 hours:

  • RST 502: Critical Issues in Recreation
  • RST 520: Critical Issues in Sport
  • RST 530: Critical Issues in Tourism


  • $675 per credit hour

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